THINGS COULD GET UGLY The Great Depression, Jim Crow, the Syndicate, a Corrupt Politician … and a Reporter. It's late summer 1939. Hitler is threatening war in Europe. Here, the Great Depression lingers on, Jim Crow rules the South, and the Syndicate is spreading its tentacles. Jack O’Brien returns to his hometown looking for the story that will make his reputation as a reporter. He finds a misbehaving preacher, a wrongfully convicted black man, dirty cops, a crooked politician, a dangerous mobster ... and love. Things could get ugly.